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Nigerian applicants to UK unis increase by 58%

Nigerians — could the UK be the best study abroad destination for your degree? The latest UCAS applications data published on July 14, 2022 seems to suggest this.

Applications from Nigeria have increased by 58% from last year. The 5,290 UCAS applications received from Nigerians this year shows a marked growth from the 3,360 applications last year.

Nearly 135,000 international students applied to study in the UK, reflecting an increase of 3% since last year, said UCAS.

From this figure, 111,720 students are from non-EU countries, which is an increase from 89,420 applicants two years ago. There was a 10% in applications from China and a 20% increase in applications from India.

New data from @ucas_online shows that record numbers of disadvantaged students from across the UK are set to enter higher education this autumn 📈

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— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) July 14, 2022

A growing interest in degrees and higher apprenticeships

Commenting on the June 2022 UCAS application data release, Russell Group Director of Policy Sarah Stevens said in a press statement that UCAS application figures show that the UK remains a world-class destination for international students despite a highly competitive environment.

“The strong growth in applications from India and Nigeria, prioritised in the UK’s International Education Strategy, demonstrate efforts to attract students from across the world like the graduate route are beginning to pay dividends,” she said.

UCAS also found that interest in degree and higher apprenticeships are growing. UCAS’ Career Finder, which helps students find jobs and degree/higher apprenticeships, saw a record 2.15 million unique searches in the last 12 months, up 4.13% from June 30 in 2021, said the report.

These searches have resulted in 243,138 apply clicks, an increase from 228,124 last year.

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In a survey carried by the Nigeria Market Sentiment and Study Motivations Report, 32.71% of the 4,100 Nigerians surveyed said that they would choose the UK as their preferred study destination. Source: Badru Katumba/AFP

Surge in UCAS applications among Nigerians not surprising

The recent surge in applications from Nigeria is not a surprise as previous reports have shown an upward trend.

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